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Living Christmas Trees

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While cut Christmas trees are highly recyclable, you may want to consider having a living Christmas tree at least once - especially if you have room for a new tree in your yard once the holidays are over. A living Christmas tree doesn't dry up and drop masses of needles the way a cut tree does (that is, providing you keep it well watered!), and planting it later on will preserve memories of the Christmas it did decoration duty in your home. Before you go out and buy just any old potted pine, however, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Expect to have a smaller live tree than you would a cut tree. The root ball for a ten-foot tree would be huge and it would be so heavy it would take several people to carry it! Because of the dense root ball, live trees weigh much more than their cut counterparts.
  • If you are planning to plant the tree outside after the holidays, you'll probably want to dig the hole ahead of time - the ground may be too frozen to do much digging after Christmas.
  • Make sure that the kind of tree you are buying will do well out of doors in your growing region. Some trees do better in colder, northern areas, some like the milder, southern climates.
  • Water your tree regularly so that it doesn't dry out. With the heat on in your home, the air surrounding it is very dry, and it needs hydration.
  • Only use the newer, small lights, that don't emit as much heat, not the bigger, hotter lights. Even though those needles are moist, they can still burn, and the extra heat will lessen your tree's chances of surviving once you plant it outside.
  • Only keep your tree indoors one or two weeks, maximum. Too much time indoors will lessen its chances of surviving out of doors. In addition, give the tree a cool but protected place of transition for several days, both before bringing it inside and taking it out to be planted. Again, make sure it's watered well while transitioning.

As you can see, a living Christmas tree is more work than a cut tree, but the rewards are also much greater.

Here's some more information on caring for living Christmas trees.

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